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The Top 20 Casino Markets in the United States

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 13th June 2007 4:01am
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There's an article in the Chicago Sun-Times today about the possibility of expanding Chicago area casinos since they're doing big business. The typical see-saw of "experts" balancing tax revenue with social costs argument is displayed endlessly.

One thing that did catch my eye was an uncredited list of the top U.S. Casino markets in the side bar. Not exactly what I would've thought...

TOP U.S. CASINO MARKETS
1. Las Vegas Strip: $6.689 billion
2. Atlantic City, N.J.: $5.208 billion
3. Chicago area, Ind./Ill.: $2.595 billion
4. Connecticut: $1.734 billion
5. Detroit, Mich.: $1.303 billion
6. Tunica-Lula, Miss.: $1.252 billion
7. St. Louis, Mo./Ill.: $990.98 million
8. Reno-Sparks, Nev.: $939.50 million
9. Boulder Strip, Nev.: $929.70 million
10. Shreveport, La.: $847.18 million

Of course the Wall Street Journal has the same listing in an article about Kansas mulling casinos. They go to the mat and list the top 20 markets, and source the numbers to the American Gaming Association and The Innovation Group.

TOP U.S. CASINO MARKETS
1. Las Vegas Strip: $6.689 billion
2. Atlantic City, N.J.: $5.208 billion
3. Chicago area, Ind./Ill.: $2.595 billion
4. Connecticut: $1.734 billion
5. Detroit, Mich.: $1.303 billion
6. Tunica-Lula, Miss.: $1.252 billion
7. St. Louis, Mo./Ill.: $990.98 million
8. Reno-Sparks, Nev.: $939.50 million
9. Boulder Strip, Nev.: $929.70 million
10. Shreveport, La.: $847.18 million
11. Biloxi, MS $845 M
12. Lawrenceburg/Rising Sun/Elizabeth/Vevay Indiana $795. M
13. Kansas City, MO $751 M
14. New Orleans, LA $696 M
15. Lake Charles, LA $657 M
16. DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS $630 M
17. Laughlin, NV $630 M
18. Black Hawk, CO $554 M
19. Council Bluffs, IA $478 M
20. CharlesTown, WV $448 M



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It's going to be interesting to see what A.C.'s numbers will be once the slot casinos open up in Philly and other parts of Pennsylvania.



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